Looking Back: Pacific Offshore Power Boat Racing Association

Here’s a vintage SPORTS SHORTS from The Associated Press, Jul. 20, 1992

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – A 55-year-old man sustained a concussion and was plucked from the Pacific Ocean by helicopter Sunday after the bow of his boat shattered during the Long Beach Rum Run Offshore Powerboat race.

Tom Pappas of Santa Barbara, Calif., sustained facial cuts and a concussion and temporarily lost consciousness after the accident, said Dan Stiel, vice president of the Pacific Offshore Power Boat Racing Association. Pappas was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Sunday night, said hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson.

”Apparently the front end shattered on the boat and it sank almost instantaneously” about 15 miles offsore, Stiel said.
The 35-foot Scarab power boat was valued at about $250,000, he said.

Jim Duvall, 50, of Long Beach won the race with an average speed of 86.28 mph. Twenty-one boats left Long Beach Harbor Sunday morning and made two trips to Catalina Island, covering 113 miles.

Pappas’ boat sank on the return leg of the second lap.